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cases, u.s. citizens. our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff broke the story and has our report. >> reporter: drones have been called president obama's weapon of choice. during his four years as commander in chief, u.s. military and cia drone strikes have accelerated at an unprecedented pace. more than 400 cia strikes against targets in pakistan and yemen. eight times as many as under president bush. >> they have been very precise, precision strikes against al qaeda and their affiliates. >> these strikes are legal. they are ethical. and they are wise. >> reporter: but today, new questions about drone strikes targeting american citizens, including anwar al awlaki. born in new mexico and killed in yemen in 2011. he allegedly directed the so-called underwear bomber, who tried to blow up an airliner over detroit in 2009. but awlaki was never charged with a crime. nbc news has obtained this confidential 16-page justice department memo that concludes lethal strikes against u.s. citizens who are operational leaders of al qaeda are a lawful act of national self-defense. >> we
of afghanistan today ordered all u.s. special operations forces to leave an embattled area of that country within two weeks because of torture and other allegations against afghans working with the americans. the area is wardak province, not far from kabul. for more on this, we turn to nbc pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, what is this all about? >> lester, this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials, taken totally by surprise. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condone or took part in any kidnappings, torture or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. now, in the past, president karzai has taken the u.s. military to task, in part, to show the afghan people that he's in charge. but wardak province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan. so if karzai's playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game, lester. >> could this derail the planned 2014 withdrawal of the majority of troops, the schedule the administration is currently sticking with? >> well, people are already wondering that. president obama has already a
another terrorist attack on a u.s. outpost overseas. this time the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey, where we find our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel tonight. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. the american flag here at the embassy has been lowered to half staff. the attack took place just up this road behind me, which has now been closed by turkish police. chaos of police and ambulances in one of ankara's most fortified districts. embassy row. on one stretcher, a well-known turkish journalist. she had come to have tea with the ambassador. she was at a visitor's gate in a security screening room when a suicide bomber came in and reached for his waist. a guard yelled "bomb" and then it exploded. turkish media identified the bomber who killed himself and a turkish guard. >> right now we are all dealing with our sadness at the loss of our fellow member of our embassy. we salute his bravery. >> reporter: the turkish government says the bomber was part of a radical leftist group that accuses turkey of being an american puppet of imperialism. the group hates u.s
. in a speech last summer, brennen said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into a, quote, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples
have from them, that video. >> reporter: the u.s. embassy of peru has told them the pair may have then boarded a boat. >> the embase embassy believes they got on the boat for an a . amazon cruise. >> reporter: the family has set up a war room where they're mapping out all they know. >> probably the biggest thing we have access to garrett's bank records and starting january 25th all of his banking ceased. no more withdrawals. there's nothing. there is absolutely no activity. >> reporter: what has the family especially worried, warnings that kidnappers may be targeting american tourists in the peru region. friends and family are pleading for help. >> i want my son to know that i love him, that we all love him. we want them to come home safe and sound. >> when your child is missing it's really, really tough. and we need your help. >> reporter: the family tells me they're getting daily updates from the embassy in peru. they are certainly hoping that those images will lead to the couple. meanwhile, the folks here at the peddler bike shop are asking for the safe return of jamie neal an
new details are emerging about the suicide bomber who attacked the u.s. embassy in ankara killing a turkish security guard and himself. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in ankara with that and developing news out of egypt tonight as well. richard, good evening. >> reporter: we are learning from turkish officials the bomber was a well known militant from a far left group and he served more than four years in a turkish prison, was involved in a hunger strike, and was eventually released from jail for medical reasons. he left the country and then returned from greece on a fake passport, but turkish officials don't know how long he's been in the country. they think he's been in ankara for the last ten days. this isn't the only situation u.s. officials are concerned about in the region. there is also egypt. u.s. officials are worried that ongoing clashes in egypt, including ones in front of the presidential palace, could be a signal that the egyptian government, led by president morsi of the muslim brotherhood is losing control of the streets of egypt, which would be
kyle a u.s. sniper who star in the reality series "stars earn stripes." in an interview kyle said he had no regrets about his actions in combat. >> every person i killed, i have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm americans, allies, or civilians. >> ruth was a military veteran, but his motives are still unclear. he's being held on $3 million bond. >>> we are entering the seventh day of the hostage standoff in alabama. a 5-year-old boy is still being held in an underground bunker by jim lee dykes. police continue to negotiate with dykes who is making the boy as comfortable as possible. the boy has received a car and some cheese and crackers. police say dykes shot and killed a school bus driver last tuesday and abductsed the child. the funeral for the bus driver was held on sunday. as hundreds turned out to pay tribute to charles poland who was hailed as a hero for protecting the other children on the school bus before he was shot. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is defending the government's controversial drone program and reveals that as a catholic he g
for the increase. however, some analysts predict 2013 will be less brutal than 2012 when the average u.s. household spent nearly $3,000 on gas. >>> thanks to a daring fbi rescue, a little boy who spent the last week as the hostage of an alleged murderer is safe and sound this morning. >> i've been to the hospital. i have visited with ethan. he is doing fine. he's laughing, joking, playing, eating. the things that you would expect a normal 5 to 6-year-old young man to do. >> police say the boy's kidnapper 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. however, details about the raid are still unclear at the moment as law enforcement officials begin what they say will be a thorough and labor-intensive investigation. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: relief in the small community of midland city, alabama, following the dramatic rescue of a 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker. late monday afternoon that the tightly-knit community had anxiously been awaiting to hear. >> at approximately 3:12 this afternoon, fbi agents safely recovered the child who's been held hostage for n
if the flea market will still be there. >>> with the u.s. supreme court hearing on prop eight just weeks away, the state attorney general has filed her arguments with the court. she says the backers of prop eight have no legal standing in the case. harris claims the group, called protect marriage, isn't hurt by the practice of allowing same sex marriage couples to marry. the high court will hear arguments on this issue on march 26th. >> two days and counting until sequestration and $85 billion in automatic spending cuts. they don't have a negotiation scheduled until friday. the president is purposely waiting until the last minute so he can blame the gop. if no deal is made, schools and airports will face cuts. 52% of americans actually want sequestration to happen, or have congress cut more spending. >>> coming up, a deadly shark encounter at a popular tourist spot. >>> you see a little girl walk into the boy's bathroom, that's setting her up in an unsafe situation. >> too young to be trancegender? the elementary school battle. >> and the latest on the billionaires shopping spree. >>> and i'm
the world start to loosen up the purse strings a little bit. nothing to write home about, but in the u.s. as an example, stay and local government actually grew for us this quarter and federal was not down as much year over year as we've seen in prior quarters. >> and another sign of improvement in the housing market. the number of u.s. homes entering the folk process in january fell to a level not seen since the peak of the housing boom. down 11% from december but all is not well, says housing barren sam zell. >> everybody kind of has ignored the fact that there's still 3 to 4 million houses in purgatory. not for sale. not foreclosed. maybe occupied, maybe not occupied. and you've got to address that. >> if you're looking for somebody who has done it all, look no further. he's with us. bob hormats is vice president of goldman sachs international. at the state department making the case for american companies overseas. bob, it's good to see you again. >> great to be back on your show. >> let me begin on sort of this front and center issue that we're all talking about and that is sequestr
's the problem. it's not the actual extraction of it. they're making the money. >> reporter: according to the u.s. energy administration american households spent about $3,000 on gas last year which works out before taxes about 4% of a household's income. in san jose, kris sanchez, nbc bay area news. >>> comments about traffic in los angeles, turns out traffic here in the bay area is just as bad. tonight a new study reveals our dubious link with southern california. res researchers say we have the second worst traffic congestion in the nation. experts say there's no fix. a live look at our evening commute. it doesn't look so bad. let's bring in bay area's marianne favro with the details. >> reporter: whether you watch here in oakland or here in fremont, you are part of the second worst commute in the nation when it comes to hours spent waiting in traffic. a new report from the texas a&m transportation institute says only washington, d.c., drivers spend more time waiting in traffic. the study found in 2011 you spent on average 61 hours sitting in your traffic. want to put a price tag on that waste
be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> that was nbc's kelly o'donnell. >>> los angeles archbishop has taken action against his predecessor. the official action was taken in response to the priest's abuse scandal and records showing mahony and others tried to conceal abuse of children from police. >>> the family of a young boy held captive in an underground bunker are waiting for his release. fbi negotiators say their strategy is to wear out suspected kidnapper jimmy lee dykes. they have been talking to the 65-year-old through a pipe in the ground. he's accused of kidnapping 5-year-old ethan after storming his school bus. ethan has not been harmed as the hostage standoff goes into fourth day. >>> three stories that we'll be developing later today. secretary of state hillary clinton says her good-byes at the white house in the morning and then gives a farewell address at the state department later in the afternoon. moments later, former senator john kerry takes the oath and the title of secretary of state. >>> meanwhile, keep an eye on vice presid
for the bombing yesterday outside the u.s. embassy. >> reporter: we are learning more about how this attack took place and the attacker himself. is he a well-known militant belonging to a leftist group, a group that hates the turkish government, u.s. influence over turkey, hates that turkey is part of nato and a group that carried out attacks in the past against turkish interests and u.s. interests. this militant who is about 40 years old, spent about four years in a turkish prison. had gone on a hunger strike. he been arrested for taking part in militant activity but was released for medical reasons. he arrived yesterday around lunch time, wearing a suicide vest and carrying a hand grenade. he went inside the embassy's visitor's senator, detonated that vest, threw a hand grenade, killed himself and a guard. >>> also in turkey, the body of a new york city tourist has been found in istanbul today. according to a turkish news agency, the body of sarai sierra was discovered sierra first arrived in istanbul on january 7th and visited europe before returning to turkey 12 days later. she was supposed
information regarding u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. some say after next week's recess, though, hagel will be ultimately confirmed. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama defended his administration's use of drones in the war on terror insisting everything the government has done is legal. he did admit the public should know more about how that program works. >> what i think is absolutely true is that it is not sufficient for citizens to just take my word for it that we're doing the right thing. >> a classified memo recently revealed u.s. citizens suspected of terrorism have been targets of drone attacks and strikes. when asked if the u.s. could target americans on american soil, the president said no. >>> olympian oscar pistorius is behind bars. he's accused of shooting his model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp inside his home, a crime prosecutors said was premeditat premeditated. he walked into court with his head bowed and broke down in tears. they have given few details other than she died of multiple gunshot wounds. earlier reports speculated she mig
officials as he ordered all u.s. special op forces to leave a key battleground province and taliban stronghold in two weeks. u.s. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condoned or were involved in any kidnapping, torture, or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. >>> another ripple in the oscar pistorius story. he isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. an attorney for pistorius family confirmed his older brother, carl, is charged with culpable homicide, the equivalent of negligent homicide, after allegedly striking and killing a female motorcyclist with his car in 2008. his attorney says he's innocent and a test at the time proves alcohol was not involved. >> in his final blessing sunday days before his resignation, pope benedict said he's not abandoning the church but serve in a way more suitable to his age and strength. the pope has accepted the resignation of the cardinal from scotland following allegations of inappropriate behavior with other priests. who is to blame for the bp oil spill? today a trial will try to answer that question. opening s
. president johnson signed the voting rights act in 1965 at the u.s. capitol. fast forward, 48 years. >> i barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> reporter: now with the first african-american president re-elected and more minority in congress and state houses, shelby county, alabama, south of birmingham, says the law renewed in 2006 is so outdated, it's no longer constitutional. >> the america that elected barack obama is not the america of our parents. and our grandparents. >> reporter: the law requires states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before changing how they conduct elections. all or part of eight southern states are covered. also arizona, alaska and parts of six others. it was used just last year to block strict voter i.d. laws in texas and south carolina. >> it deters and blocks voting discrimination in places in the country where that discrimination has been the most persistent and adaptive. >> reporter: today, the court's four liberals strongly defended it. justice kaygan said the formula for figuring which state needs to be covered seems to be wo
much for that. >>> there's word that u.s. may be changing its policy on aid to rebels in syria. nbc news has been told by senior official that is the u.s. will announce some aid will be given directly to certain syrian opposition groups rather than through nongovernmental agencies. the nonlethal aids could include body armor military training, and vehicles, but not weapons. the uprising against president bashar al assad began in 2011. >>> the u.s. supreme court is expected to make an important decision about the voting rights act by june. the high court heard arguments on a key part of the law that requires states with a history of civil rights discrimination to get permission in advance before changing their voting laws. shelby county, alabama, brought the case saying the law was outdated. outside the court hundreds of protesters from shelby county rallied to support the law as it is. the nine justices are expected to meet in private to discuss the merits of the case. >>> it is time now for weather. bill karens is here with the forecast. good morning. >> a rainy forecast in the nor
for that check to arrive in the mail on saturday, you might have to wait a long time. the u.s. postal service announcing it will eliminate saturday mail delivery beginning in august because of the red ink to the tune of $16 billion last year at the post office. congress still has to approve the measure, which would save $2 billion a year. >>> the force is with "star wars" fans everywhere. disney which now owns the franchise says there are more movies on the way. ceo bob iger told me to expect the first new film in 2015. >> in fact, we are working on a few stand alone films. they are working on films derived from great "star wars" characters that are not part of the overall saga, so we still plan to make "star wars" 7, 8, and 9. >>> and here's the nobel prize winning economist, "new york times" columnist and best-selling author. paul krugman's book "end in depression now" is now out in paperback. he's joining us now to talk more about it. thank you for joining us. let's start with the debt and deficit since this is front and center as far as the international conversation as it may be. the cbo
it is receiving fair and reasonable benefits from its partners and whether nasa is appropriately monitoring u.s. export control laws. now a spokeswoman for nasa says she had not seen the ig's memo put out yesterday and would not comment until she had. the ig's probe into export control laws follows an fbi and justice department probe into whether national security issues were shared by officials out at nasa ames with chinese dignitaries who were visiting and working at moffet field. congressional sources say the probe was dropped by the u.s. justice department. senator grassley's office calls the audit, quote, important and good news. google corporate communications did not return our request for comment. >> thank you very much, steven. if you have a tip for steven or anyone in our investigative unit, give us a call 888-996-tips. send us an e-mail to the unit. >>> new tonight at 6:00, san jose police need the public's help in finding a missing man who may be suffering from dementia, might also be with a woman whose family does not know. stanley jacobson's family reported him missing. he was las
elle, nbc bay area news. >>> a warning tonight for americans in turkey after terrorists attack the u.s. embassy. a chaotic scene. police and ambulances in the capital city of ankara. a suicide bomber tonight identified as acevit sanly. he made to it the first x-ray machine and then detonated a bomb, killing himself and a turkish guard. he is linked to a previous terror attacks in the region. the turkish government says he was part of a radical leftist group. just last september, militants attacked the u.s. consulate in libya, killing four americans, including u.s. ambassador and bay area native chris stevens. >>> a man whose son is buried at a san jose cemetery says his son's resting place has been disrespected by the very people charged with caring for it. he is buried at oak hill memorial certainlitary on curtner road. he and his wife visit their son's grave every sunday. on the last visit, they were stunned to see all had been damaged, head stones knocked down. it turns out the maintenance crew was responsible. >> this is desecration. it's lack of respect there are some u.s. militar
attacks against 141 u.s. companies spanning 20 industries. whose building is it? according to a new report confirmed by u.s. intelligence, it's the headquarters of unit 61398, the cyber warriors for china's peoples liberation army. >> i think it was time to let the world know, it's actually not just from china, it's the chinese government sanctioning these attacks. >> reporter: among the targets of china's hackers, america's very infrastructure. >> now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. >> reporter: other targets of chinese hackers, familiar brand names like coca-cola, facebook, "the new york times," "washington post" and "wall street journal," and only today, apple. the hackers have user names like ugly gorilla and doda. according to this instructional manual from mandia, the computer security firm that did the study. >> here we see doda logging into one of his operational accounts. he has used this account for spear phishing and generating additional e-mail accounts. >> reporter: what is spear
against u.s. companies. >> reporter: why is china so aggressive? >> china needs to maintain a very high rate of economic development to keep their citizens happy, to keep their citizens willing to tolerate the kind of oppressive government they've got. >> reporter: president obama signed an executive order last week permitting intelligence agencies to share classified threat data with targeted companies. and calling for voluntary standards to protect vital sectors. banking, the power grid, transportation from attacks. many from china. congress refused to pass legislation last year to improve cyber defenses. republicans objected to new regulations and civil liberties groups worried about privacy. how vulnerable is america? only today the state department is investigating whether one of its associated websites was hacked last night by the activist group known as "anonymous." the attorney general today quoted cyber security experts as saying america now has two types of companies. those who know they have been hacked and those who don't know it yet. brian? >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. ne
outside and they're incinerated in the drone attack. one of these guys was on the u.s. side. so not only is class value damage but also creates a -- collateral damage but also creates a lot of resentment. >> families and children killed, especially in northern pakistan but families and children of terrorists. and so, you know, i don't know that it's gotten much farther beyond that. >> brennan was asked this week about -- by senator wideman. what do we do if we make a mistake? and the c.i.a. director was quick to respond and said, we need to make that public, unlike -- >> i think the real problem here is that this has been an executive branch operation. what they're now doing is opening it up to the appropriate people in the congress because the more eyeballs you have on the policy, maybe there should be a court, as dianne feinstein suggests but you demystify it. chris: when you're commander in chief, you have three options, start a war, put in an army to get the bad guys or use an elite team, a seal team, for example, to go in at a great risk to them and aggravation to the host country l
for duty and did his job very well. becoming a highly lethal sniper for u.s. special forces in iraq, later writing a best-selling book about his combat experience. chris kyle, former navy s.e.a.l., was working with veterans with ptsd during an outing at a shooting range when he was shot and killed. he was 38 years old. a fellow veteran has been charged with his murder. >>> american hero was honored today at the white house. president obama awarded the medal of honor to retired army staff sergeant clinton romesha for his incredible bravery during one of the most fierce attacks in our nation's longest war. after today's emotional ceremony in the east room, there are now 80 living recipients of our nation's highest award for military valor. our report tonight from our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. >> reporter: wedged deep into a valley surrounded by soaring mountains, combat outpost keating in eastern afghanistan was a death trap. for staff sergeant clint romesha, it was indefensible. >> every which direction you looked, you were looking straight up at the mountain. >> reporter:
have to say tonight. >> the headline could be the obama announcement that he will bring home 34,000 u.s. forces from afghanistan, but he will warn the military could be hurt by spending cuts march 1st, the sequester. outside the capitol, protesters were protesting the cuts that would hit social services. preventing sequester cuts requires a deal on taxes and spending. that the president has called for in previous state of the union speeches. but there's still no agreement. >> we have a spending debt crisis not a revenue debt crisis and you have to make the right diagnosis. >> the obama prescription is to spend more to put americans back to work and pay for that by higher taxes on the wealthy. the liberal agenda that he laid out at his inaugural, angering republicans. >> saying things that positioning him on the far left of the political spectrum is not a great way to achieve accomplishments out of divided government. >> the president will push measures to stop gun violence. >> her mother had a message for lawmakers. >> you guys signed up for the job. do something. >> do something on gun
. >> meanwhile intel has confirmed plans to launch an online streaming tv service this year. >> the u.s. treasury reported a rare surplus in january of $2.9 billion. thanks to that social security tax cut that expired last month. >>> meanwhile, transunion says the national rate on late payments on home loans has fallen to the lowest level in four years. 79% of women said a romantic dinner and movie is their preferred valentine's day date. happy valentine's day not is that complicated. but a sweet treat wouldn't hurt. edible shoe designs from a dallas chocolatier go from $30 to $50 a pair. that's a bargain compared to the real thing. >>> meet the world's fastest basketball free-throw shooter in action. >>> plus, what started this courtroom brawl. and how did it get so out of control? >>> now to some other stories that caught our eye this morning. >> drama in a courtroom where two families were attending a sentencing hearing broke out into an all out brawl. police had to use pepper spray and pin down some of the fighters to regain control of the situation. one person was sent to the hospital and tw
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september 11th. >>> well, it may be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in all the world. it's a deal designed to pull american out of bankruptcy and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all us air travelers? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairways. >> we will once again be an industry leader, worthy of the name american airlines. america's flag carrier. >> reporter: if approved, the deal would make american the world's largest airline. but after so many mergers in recent years, only four airlines,
. and there are big worries about how it will hit the u.s. economy. >>> his side of the story. an emotional oscar pistorius in court for the first time. what he says really happened the night his girlfriend was killed. >>> and the brazen diamond heist at the airport right on the tarmac. a huge game of deception, $50 million worth of diamonds gone without a trace. "nightly news" begins now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news with brian williams." >> good evening. >>> it's an explosive allegation, and it's what we've all been warned about for years since the dawn of the computer age. a u.s. security firm says over 140 targets in this country have been hit electronically by a branch of the chinese military. big companies, you name it, some of the best-known brand names in the u.s. but more troubling than that is the idea that chinese hackers could reach into american
government has been hacking dozens of u.s. companies, including facebook and apple. u.s. law enforcement and intelligence agencies will work closely with the private sector to teach them about counter spying. the strategy calls for a more aggressive diplomatic response to trade secret thefts. stanford is the first college to raise more than one billion dollars in a single year. they out paced harvard. and third place yale, with $500 million. as for public universities, uc berkley was the leading fundrais fundraiser. >> get your hands on google glasses. it can take pictures or record video hands free as well as search the web and send mentssas by voice. this is new released video showing how it works. if you want to be a explorer, you must write a post in 50 words or less, explaining what you would do with the glasses. the chosen people will have to pay $1500 for the glasses. you do not get them for free. >> baseball season is right around the corner and this year watching the world series champs will cost you even more. parking near at&t park is about to get more expensive. on game days
is approved boeing hopes to have the dreamliner flying again by april. >>> the largest orchid show in the u.s. just opened its doors right here in the bay area pap bob redell is live at ft. mason in san francisco with a look at some of the unusual flowers. are you now an orchid expert, bob? >> reporter: i am definitely an orchid expert. good morning to you. when the doors opened here about an hour ago there was a long line out front. you can see why. people want to come here. these are really just unusual creatures, these flowers here. there's just so many different species. i could go on and on about it b you i know someone who is a little bit more of an expert, the author of the book "the orchid whisperer," the orchid whisperer himself, bruce roberts. >> great to have you at the show. don't steal anything. >> new hybrid from chinese orchids. the first time it's ever been shown in public. the size, the color, the way it grows, it's made it a crowd favorite. >> reporter: look at this right here, that doesn't look like an orchid to me. >> it doesn't even have any leaves? our famous orchid in t
hundreds of businesses in submitting briefs to the u.s. supreme court supporting same sex marriage. this comes on the heels of hp, ceo saying in a blog post, i have come to embrace same sex marriage after a period of careful review and reflection. this is a dra that the i can change from her support of prop eight while she was running for governor. she signed a legal filing making a conservative case for the supreme court to strike down the ban. joe kinney with south bay pride applauds the shift. >> i think that it will help because she has been a leader in business. and that the conservative members of the supreme court will see that it's not just one seth of the country that is supporting this. that it's really broad based. >> joe kinney also told me that it's great to learn that hundreds of companies are now supporting same-sex marriage. she said that it's important that they are issuing the at the same time and showing their support, she said, it speaks volumes and she said, especially since they are talking about the impact it has on employees and companies bottom line. report
enough about the sequester to make a call. >>> turning now to syria, the u.s. is deciding whether to provide direct aid to the syrian rebels for the first time in the nearly two year long crisis. the effort has been a major focus of secretary of state john kerry's first official trip overseas this week. and according to the associated press, u.s. officials say the white house is nearing a decision on whether to provide nonlethal assistance to carefully imbedded fighters. a decision is expected by thursday on that. >>> bill karins is here with your wednesday forecast. good morning to you. looking pretty good in the west. >> not too bad. while the east will struggle into march we'll think the west will see decent weather. weak system brought some showers overnight to areas of seattle southward down i-5. mostly some snow showers in the cascades. as i mentioned very weak. next system has more punch to it a little stronger. you can see the bright white clouds. that's the moisture associated with storm. the storm will hit northern portions of washington state the hardest and especially
's revolutionary guard a terror organization. and today, incorrectly referred to the u.s. policy on iran and nuclear weapons as containment. >> by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. >> reporter: hagel said he fully backs the president's position that iran cannot be allowed to get nuclear weapons and says the u.s. should talk to iran. >> engagement is not appeasement. engagement is not surrender. >> reporter: and tonight administration officials tell me that while this was not a perfect performance, they have no indication that democrats have turned against hagel. no sign that his confirmation is in trouble. brian? >> kelly o'donnell on the hill for us tonight. kelly, thanks. >>> the senate also gave final approval today to a measure that would at least put off the debate over raising the debt ceiling. this measure suspends the government's borrowing limit to may 19th. the national debt will be pushing $17 trillion. in other words, it's really washington's version of kicking the can down the road. the president is expected to sign this bill immediately. >>> now to the
in a live report. >>> also tonight, major changes on the way after the attack on a u.s. embassy, an attack that killed a bay area native chris stevens. coming up, what the pentagon will soon announce. >>> and say cheese. it's picture day for the giants in spring training. we'll take you behind the scenes. >>> good evening. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. temperatures continue to drop at this hour. right now some of the coldest weather in the north bay with napa at 43. who will hit 32, coming up in just a few minutes. >>> new at 11:00 tonight, a battle over a proposed development in contra costa county tonight, but not the kind you might think. this pits members of a rural community against a man who wants to build a cemetery, a cemetery big enough to accommodate 150,000 bodies. now the proposed site is along camino tassajara and highland road. terry? >> reporter: yes, this would be built right there on the san ramon/danville border. and it's been in the works for seven years. but watch out, because here comes the vote by the county to see if it gets the permit it needs
, but her departure was overshadowed by another deadly u.s. embassy attack. the latest in "world tonight" next. >>> the biggest party in new orleans. >> thousands of others tonight, time to ramp up the party, get that moment in the international spotlight. laurence scott with a look at all the chaos and everybody wants their own 15 minutes of fame, too. >> reporter: so much is going on. we're hearing from the legends, that deer antler spray, we're trying to understand with ray lewis. confusing. when you get down to it, the families are having a good time. people are talking. people are arriving. it's a big scene. it's a circus. they're getting ready for this thing. take a look. >> arguably the best wide receiver in nfl history -- >> reporter: jerry wise has seen his fair share of super bowl glory. m rice is one of many former niners on the scene sharing their thoughts on life in the spotlight of the big game. >> you hear so many players say, well, i'm not going to let the super bowl define my legacy, why are you playing the game? bottom line, it's all about, you know, getting in that pos
american bridge and floor are working with the u.s. coast guard to try to determine what went wrong. until they do, i'm told the scaffolding work will remain suspended. work on the deck of the eastern span is expected to resume tomorrow. .reporting live on treasure island, i'm jodi hernandez nbc bay area news. >> thank you. so who's responsible? more details now about the company that operates the crane and other vendors on this project. nbc bay area's investigative unit is digging into the history of these companies and we found revealing information about their past. reporter stephen stock joins us from our newsroom. a lot of talk about the contractors and the safety records. what have you found out? >> raj, the crane as you heard from jodi is operated through a joint operations is agreement between two of the largest construction companies in the country, a group called american bridge company based out of pennsylvania and an even larger corporation called floor enterprises based outside dallas, texas. according to data from the department of labor, oh shas inspectors investigated four
bad. >>> also tonight, did the u.s. marine corps abandon a group of marines and military family members after they developed a rare and surprising disease? dr. nancy snyderman investigates a controversy. >> when is the leadership of the marine corps going to stand up and say we made a mistake? >>> also tonight, kate snow goes inside the fight to save the pandas including some of the very youngest. >> you are too cute. look at you. >> their ircystability is beyond dispute, so what is it about the effort to protect them that makes this wild life expert so upset. >> you said once i would happily eat the last panda on earth if you could spend the money on worth while. in all seriousness, why did you say that? >> "rock center" gets under way. good evening. welcome to "rock center." the first glimpse americans ever got of oscar pistorius was on this broadcast in the run-up to the summer olympic games in london. we aired what became the defining profile of him reported by mary carrillo of nbc sports who traveled to south africa and got to know this unusual olympic athlete. well, fast f
calls to officials in israel, canada, turkey and mexico. for updates on u.s. diplomatic concerns. in a conversation with the palestinian president, he said he intended to visit that region soon to discuss the peace process with israel. >> the question over what led to the death of a new york tourist in turkey. they now believe sarai sierra was murdered. here's the latest from ankara. >> reporter: there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding what happened to the 33-year-old woman from new york, what police here are saying is that she came to turkey last month. she was supposed to be on a two-week holiday. this was her first trip outside the use and during her trip, there were no indications that anything was going wrong. she was in regular contact with her family back in new york. they communicated by e-mail, skype, no sign of any trouble at all. until january 21st. the day she was supposed to go home. but she never got on the flight. her relatives became obviously very concerned. some of them later came to this country, turkish police set up a special unit to try to find he
it on a future agenda and also call on the city to join a case currently before the u.s. supreme court aimed at overturning the defense of marriage act. that one defines marriage is the legal union between a man and a woman. now, this question will not receive the mayor's support. in a recent interview, the mayor says while he does support civil unions and domestic partnerships, he draws the line at marriage. >>> mother nature is still a little bit sad about the 49ers loss. >> right? >> i still say she's a raiders fan. >> that's true. >> she's got her colors right. let's go, oakland, although we want to forget about last season. temperatures are looking good as you can see. it's kind of a dreary day out there. not a great day to go out there and bathe in the sun, but you might find a sliver of sunshine in san jose. 51 degrees down there. 52 in livermore and 53 in san francisco. not too bad temperaturewise. about 3 to 4 degrees away from reaching our highs today. not going to be that warm, however, cool, cloudy, most of the shower activity stays to our north. by wednesday, that sun comes back
to allow future immigrants to come to the u.s. legally. the president will make his first visit to israel this spring for talks that might repair a strange relationship. >>> modesto, california, reaction to police staging a mock massacre at a school to teach students and staff how to stop an attack like the shootings in connecticut. critics are saying, though, using fake blood and pretending to shoot the shooters is too traumatic after sandy hook. >>> charged with new crimes. bobbie jo maxwell will answer for three new murders. investigators say maxwell was the skid row stabber from the 1970s. >>> some new york state republican lawmakers want to limit governor andrew cuomo's use of his powers to pass the strongest gun control move in the country. steven mclaughlin object to voting on the bill the same night it was introduced. >> don't question it, just vote. that's basically the message here. hitler would be proud, mussolini would be proud of what we did here. moscow would be proud. but that's not democracy. >> the comments were immediately rejected by leaders of both parties and mclaughl
that energy focused. >> reporter: wasserman called it one of the most complicated crime areas in the u.s. burglaries were up more than 23%. we talked to several people as they were leaving the meeting. we heard mixed reviews. some people said they had heard these ideas before. others said they were helpful it could turn it around in oakland. there will be other community meetings like this and we're told wasserman will attend the meetings. we talked to the mayor and the police chief. you can hear what they had to say tonight at 11:00. monte francis, nbc bay area news. >>> thank you. it looked like chaos in fremont but it was only a drill. fire, police and other agencies responded to a large scale simulated disaster with hundreds of fictional casualties. today's event was one of the largest disaster manage many exercises ever held in the bay area with 15 agencies participating. >> these are all agencies that would typically respond if there is a large casualty event. we're trying to improve the coordination. we're trying to decrease the amount of time that it takes to get injured people t
in afghanistan as a new commander of nato and u.s. forces took over. marine general joseph dunford succeeded general john allen who has been in command for the last 19 months. president obama has nominated allen to be the supreme allied commander in europe. the u.s. and its allies plan to hand over security to afghan forces at the end of next year. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, new information about a potentially deadly disease that's made a big comeback. >>> and later, why they're all rooting for this big guy as a top contender for best in show. >>> we're back with health news, and concern about a growing outbreak of whooping cough. it's a bacterial infection that can be fatal to very young children, while it was almost gone at one time, cases are now on the rise. nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman has more on this tonight. >> reporter: 2012 was america's worst year for whooping cough in more than six decades. >> there's a tremendous outbreak of whooping cough across the united states right now. >> reporter: as scientists try to figure out how to better p
deaths in the u.s. and canada. speaking of weather, let's go now to bill karins, nbc meteorologist. so much to watch over the last four days. >> it looks like another possible storm in the east coast this upcoming weekend. everything else around the country looking okay. we got a little snowstorm this morning in north texas kicking out of new mexico. we're also going to watch some of that heavier rain in areas of oklahoma this morning. otherwise, many areas of the intermountain west and west coast are looking just fine. let me give you a little tour. high pressure kind of cool temperatures over nevada and utah and also down to northern arizona. but we're just fine this morning with clear skies in san francisco and l.a. vegas, clear skies, 36. cold air mass. 46 in portland. 45 in seattle. today's forecast looks just fine. a few showers in the northwest. just like yesterday, if you get hit you consider yourself very unlucky. the west coast usually more quiet. alaska is active with light snow there. we'll see 1 or 2 inchs . cooler air moved in. tucs tucson, only at 55 today. even hawaii i
developing news in the airline industry tonight, the associated press said that u.s. air ways and american airlines have been cleared to merge. this would create the world's largest airline. reports say the merger will be officially announced tomorrow. no reports yet if any jobs will be lost. >>> it's the eye in the sky, but is it legal? using drones as the law enforcement tool goes before the almeida county board of supervisors tomorrow. again, the sheriff wants to use the unmanned and unarmed aircraft to gather information in difficult places. there's been resistance from some, including the aclu, over concerns that it will violate privacy. >>> after the state of the union address, the president is taking his message of economic recovery on the road. asheville, north carolina was the first stop in a three-day trip to rally support for his job creation and economic plan. he toured a company that is expanding their manufacturer inning of engine and transmission components. the republicans say he is pushing old failed ideas. tomorrow, he vifts atlanta and his hometown of chicago on friday.
a turbulent half decade of bankruptcies and consolidation for the u.s. airline industry. >>> pope benedict has two weeks left as head of the church. the pontiff celebrated his final mass at the vatican. benedict was given a long-standing ovation as he prepares to step down on february 28th. after almost eight years as leader of more than 1.2 billion catholics worldwide. >>> it is valentine's day and we always think of our meteorologist, bill karins. we always want good weather. >> i thought you meant with love. >> of course we love you, bill. >> good morning, everyone. as we start this valentine's day, grab the umbrella heading into the northwest. especially from olympia to bellingham. as the rain comes at us from the north and northwest, this is associated with the warm front lingering along the coast trying to move in. damp weather for the morning commute. if you are driving down i-5 today, tomorrow looks better. we are seeing a clearing trend. we have had high pressure off the west coast that's been very strong. now the high pressure ridge back here over areas of salt lake city will strengt
has been investigating nasa ames for the past four years. the congressmen say the u.s. attorney's office in northern california wants to bring criminal charges but has been blocked by the justice department. the u.s. attorney's office denies that claim. >>> we have new video from a courtroom in south africa. in one fatal night olympian oscar pistorius went from local superstar and international hero to standing trial for premeditated murder. during his very first hearing while these charges are being read he breaks down in tears. michelle kosinski witnessed it all in the courtroom. >> reporter: olympian oscar pistorius, accustomed to the cheer of victory, keeps his head down, now shielding his face from cameras to and from court. today the world press gathered him around while he's charged with the murder of his girlfriend shot three times in the head and body in pistorius's upscale well-secured home around 4:00 a.m. thursday. at 30, a cover girl, law school grad, soon to be reality show contestant was about to give a valentine's day talk about empowering women. instead her hear
but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned about u.s. border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed, who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> you got a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david beckham made the painful decision to move his family off his land, 12 miles north of the mexican border, because of all the armed smugglers crossing his property, threatening his home. >> it was unsafe. i couldn't -- i couldn't see raising our children -- you know, i was afraid to let the kids go out, even during the day. >> reporter: residents here in this rugged desert say in the daytime, it is relatively quiet, but all of that changes as night falls and the land comes alive. recently, neighboring rancher jim chilton found a mexican drug smuggler's camp on his land, ten miles north of the border. the next day ther
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